Past Event

Beijing Opera Mask Painting Demonstration

Step into the captivating realm of Beijing opera and witness the enchantment of traditional face painting in action!
Head to the Chinese Garden of Friendship for an unforgettable experience at our Traditional Beijing Opera Face Painting Demonstration.
Uncover the rich heritage of Beijing as a skilled artisans reveal the ancient techniques behind the iconic facial makeup of Beijing opera. Marvel at their expertise as they breathe life into vibrant characters with each masterful stroke of the brush.

Plus, explore a treasure trove of cultural artifacts and traditional gifts, offering deeper insights into Beijing's cultural richness.

Whether you're an art enthusiast, a cultural scholar, or simply curious about Chinese opera traditions, this workshop promises an unparalleled experience. Meet Zhao Nan, our esteemed artist and fourth-generation inheritor of the renowned Qian Jin-Fu school, whose talent shines both on and off the stage.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to witness the beauty and artistry of Traditional Beijing Opera Face Painting firsthand.

About the artist
Zhao Nan is a distinguished inheritor of the traditional art of Beijing opera facial makeup, representing the fourth generation of the Qian Jin-Fu school. From a young age, she trained under her father, Zhao Yongqi, a skilled artist in this field. Qian Jin-Fu (1862-1937) was a renowned performer of martial and painted-face roles, whose makeup artistry was once acclaimed as "peerless under heaven." Zhao Nan not only possesses a deep understanding of Beijing opera culture and a passion for performing female roles but also excels in the art of painting male roles. Her talent allows her to both perform on stage and create off stage. She has taught courses on facial makeup art at Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts & Design, and on traditional opera character design at the Beijing Film Academy. Additionally, she has led open classes on intangible cultural heritage on Youku and participated in numerous cultural exchange events internationally.
Beijing Opera Mask Painting Demonstration

2.30pm - 4pm


Inside the Chinese Garden of Friendship
Pier Street, Cnr Harbour Street
Darling Harbour

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Map, showing Beijing Opera Mask Painting Demonstration